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7th Grade Writing Standards

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W.7.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Lesson Plan Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken

Lesson Plan Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken

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Lesson Plan Shark Tank Group Project

a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and address alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. CA

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b. Support claim(s) or counterarguments with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. CA

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c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence. tools-icon
d. Establish and maintain a formal style. tools-icon
e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. tools-icon
W.7.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. tools-icon
a. Introduce a topic or a thesis statement clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. CA

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b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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c. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. tools-icon
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. tools-icon
e. Establish and maintain a formal style. tools-icon
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. tools-icon
W.7.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

The Glorious Whitewasher” by Mark Twain

“The Glorious Whitewasher” by Mark Twain

a. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. tools-icon
b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. tools-icon
c. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another. tools-icon
d. Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events. tools-icon
e. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events. tools-icon

Production and Distribution of Writing

W.7.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.) tools-icon
W.7.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. tools-icon
W.7.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

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Research to Build and Present Knowledge

W.7.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation. tools-icon
W.7.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

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W.7.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
The Glorious Whitewasher” by Mark Twain

“The Glorious Whitewasher” by Mark Twain

Shark Tank Group Project

Lesson Plan Shark Tank Group Project

a. Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history”). tools-icon
b. Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g. “Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims”). tools-icon

Range of Writing

W.7.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. tools-icon
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